We are all talking about it, the tragedy, a real shonda (shame), that happened this week at the Cincinnati Zoo.
- The world lost Harambe, a western lowland silverback gorilla, critically endangered
- A crowd of people witnessed a horrific killing
- The zoo is feeling the heat of anger for their decision, the loss of a dear friend, and a meaningful failure in conservancy of this species
- A little boy hopefully learned from a very painful lesson
- and a Mother is being vilified around the world
Many witnesses at the scene say that the beautiful silverback gorilla was acting in a protective manner. Actually protecting the curious boychik (boy toddler) who climbed over and through barriers to fall 10 feet into the den of Harambe.
Harambe, he held the boys hand as the crowd screamed in fear, panicked at the situation. Harambe helped the boy pull his pants up…
Who knows? Nu? But as a mom, a parent, a caregiver, we have all had that fleeting flash of time, where we have lost sight of our kinder (kid(s)), when our hearts beat loudly in our chests, and our throats could barely swallow. Thankfully, kaynahorah (the evil eye was not with us) our outcomes were different. Relief delightedly poured over us at the safe sighting, of our wee ones.
This mom is no different from is. She had that same split second stint in time. But hers resulted in a tragic, global loss. A farshtunken (stinky, smelly, awful) outcome, no matter how you see this.
At our home, me and the Mrs., and Little and Big had a conversation about the zoo event during dinner. Big was visually disturbed. She hid her face with her hands. Screamed, “No! Why?”
Little, a real animal whisperer she is, was pensive, quiet. Then, she spoke. I asked her again to repeat it the next morning:
Some things we talked about further:
- Zoo animals are not pets, nor are they tame in any way
- Some view zoos as wonderful institutions of conservancy and propagation of endangered species
- Some view zoos like “Black Fish”
Either way, whatever your point of view, talk to the kinder (children). Hear their views. Share yours. Reinforce the importance of:
- Listening ears
- Mommy’s (enter appropriate caregiver title here) always have your best interest at heart
- We need to be gentle, tender stewards of this planet we live on
We will miss you terribly Harambe. We all tear a cloth in your honor. I know here in our house, we hope that conservancy work continues. That this beautiful creature that was Harambe, has a legacy.
And for this momma, who is now broken and battered, we wish you some peace and clarity from a crushing visit to the zoo.
A bei gesunt (We should all live and be well).